Forestry Internship

Hennepin County
Internships - Paid
Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin County

Internship: Forestry


SALARY:$16.42 - $20.79 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 02/22/19 11:59 PM Central Time

JOB TYPE: Internship

LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

DEPARTMENT: Environment and Energy


Hennepin County's Environment and Energy Department is seeking a forestry intern to assist with the management of the county's tree program. Hennepin Country's tree program goal is to ensure Hennepin County's tree canopy is diverse, healthy, maintained, protected, and flourishing. Through this experience, the intern will be provided with exposure to municipal government and forestry at a county-wide scale.

Location and hours:

This position is located at the Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department, 701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN.

The forestry intern will work from 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. The ideal candidate would be available from May 15-September 1, 2019.

About the position type:

This is a non-benefiting internship with a total of 210 hours for completion.

In this position, you will:

  • Assist with inventorying diseased trees along county roads. This could include data collection, tree identification, and diagnosing tree diseases.
  • Assist with assessing the quality of landscapes along county road corridors.
  • Collect and record annual data for monitoring recently planted trees. This can include data collection, measuring trees, tree identification and condition rating.
  • Assist with the management of the county's gravel-bed tree nursery. This could include watering, maintaining an inventory, and caring for young seedlings.
  • Help with outreach and education opportunities within communities and between county departments.
  • Work with forestry staff to provide technical assistance and learn about the collaborative government process.

Need to have:

  • Current enrollment as a student pursuing a degree in forestry, natural resources or a related field.
  • A valid driver's license.

Nice to have:

  • Experience:
    • In tree identification and collecting tree inventory data. 
    • Identifying signs and symptoms of common tree diseases and pest such as dutch elm disease, oak wilt, emerald ash borer.
  • Planting and maintaining bareroot trees.
  • Exposure to gravel-bed nursery practices.
  • Enthusiasm and interest in learning about urban and municipal forestry.
  • Knowledge of software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, GIS and forestry management.
  • Excellent problem-solving, time-management, verbal and writing skills.
  • Self-starter and independent thinker.
  • Ability to: 
    • Work in both office and field.
    • Manage multiple active projects. 
    • Communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization and the public.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.

About the department:

The Environment and Energy department protects and preserves the environment to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. We engage communities to develop and enact sustainable solutions. We focus on reducing and responsibly managing waste, protecting and preserving ecosystems, delivering clean energy and promoting environmental stewardship.

About Hennepin County:

Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community,competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. This position is internally classified as an Engineering Technician Aide.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check. Hennepin County values employee retention and engagement through a culture of individual development. If you are a current employee looking for an internship you are responsible for communicating and seeking approval from your supervisor/manager on an arrangement on schedule and workload prior to accepting the paid internship position. The compensation for the internship will be paid at the amount advertised in this posting.

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